Autumn Inspiration

Creating pretties …. It has turned into my passion. So for my first blog post I will feature some of my pretties.

It’s that time of year again …. The holidays are right around the corner. I’ll admit it, I’m a summer time girl so fall and winter aren’t my favorite times of the year. That’s not a popular opinion and why would it be ? Heat and humidity are definitely not the greatest. But me ….. I hate the cold. And, when I say hate it, I mean I despise it. Cold hands, cold feet, dried out skin and bulky sweaters. I just don’t dig it and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, we’re going to have a rough go of it this year and I am not looking forward to it. I detest from October to March and rejoice in April and unfortunately, this year will be no different. But I digress …. One amazing thing about fall and winter is that we get to decorate and that is one thing about the summer leaving us that I love.

I just finished my fall and Halloween designs. This year I made more than I have in previous years and thought I would share some of my creations and what inspires me. As each month passes by, I seem to branch out a little more for my designs and my fall creations are no exception. I normally tend to concentrate on deco mesh with signs and ribbon but sunflowers, which is my favorite flower, took center stage for me to kick off the season.

My first sunflower wreath of the season was inspired simply ….. by ribbon. A beautiful 4” double sided ribbon with black and white checks on one side and bright yellow on the other. This small grapevine wreath was made with this specific ribbon in mind and I was lucky enough to find a few sunflowers that matched it just perfectly. It’s one of my favorites and I thought very seriously about keeping it for myself.

These two fall swags were spur of the moment creations. The sunflowers that are featured in each one of these swags were florals that I had purchased quite some time ago and they were just waiting for the perfect time for me to use them.

When we think of fall, one of the first things we think of are scarecrows and pumpkins. The dolls and pumpkins in this over-size deco mesh wreath all match and that is something that I just love. These are also items that I’d had for a while and they were just waiting for the right moment to be seen.

Now, fall is pretty ….. the deep, rich colors that mimic the change of leaves and the change of our season. But …. Halloween is just downright fun and fun is what I had this year. Again, I branched out this year and stepped a little out of my comfort zone with a couple of my creations. For the very first time, I made a skeleton wreath - also known as Mr. Bones - and I was beyond thrilled with the outcome. Last year, I debated and debated about making one and with still being a fairly new wreath maker, I just wasn’t brave enough. This year I was and I am so happy that I was. It turned out amazing.

Along with Mr. Bones for Halloween is this ghost wreath that I think also turned out great. He is also from last year and was just waiting to be seen. I wanted to keep him simple but he definitely makes a statement.

Now, here is where I really stepped out of my comfort zone ! I saw that other wreathmakers had decorated these huge interactive pumpkins and skulls last year but until this year I had no idea where to get the pumpkins and skulls. I live in a very small town. The closest Hobby Lobby is half an hour away and the closest Michaels and At Home is over an hour away. Needless to say, I don’t have easy access to the items that I use to make my creations. Most of the time, I have to order online. At the end of this summer I finally figured out where to get these pumpkins and skulls and had the opportunity to make these and I simply fell in love. I can honestly say that this Jack O’Lantern is my absolute favorite of anything that I have made and this big old skully is not far behind. They turned out amazing.

So, these are a few of my fall creations. Harvest time is almost here. Can you feel the hints of a crisp breeze ? The days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to turn. It’s almost time to welcome autumn with open arms whether we want to or not !

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